It’s a scary world out there. You have to worry about identity theft, getting hacked, and your passwords being cracked. We all know about the importance of creating secure passwords, but in today’s world, most people don’t know how to create a good one. I’m not an expert on security, but these are the password tips I wish I followed from the start.
I’m sure we’ve all heard many times the importance of having a strong password but it never seems to be more apparent than when you hear about a large company getting hacked. In today’s blog, I want to share with you some tips that I wish I followed since the beginning.
There are a few basics to keep in mind when it comes to password security. A strong password would be one that would be hard for someone to guess. The longer and more complex, the better. Avoid using names, dates, or words that can be found in the dictionary or can be easily associated with you.
How To Treat Password
Treat your passwords like the precious jewels they are. Don’t share them with anyone and don’t write them down on post-it notes next to your computer (I’ve seen this more than once). Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts and change your passwords periodically.
Passwords are not a substitute for antivirus software, firewalls, and other security measures, but they should be part of an overall strategy to protect your information and identity.
Passwords are the keys to our digital world. If someone has your password, they can log into your account and do whatever they want — from changing the password to emptying out your bank account, or using a credit card you stored in there.
Passwords are the keys to your online accounts, so it only makes sense to take proper precautions when creating and using them. Here are some tips for making your passwords as safe as possible:
1) Avoid Personal Information
Don’t use information that can be found in public records or social media profiles — that includes your name, birth date, and street address. Also avoid simple variants of those things, such as “jdoe” for “John Doe.” If you do.
2) Use A Password Manager
Use tools like Passwarden, Passwarden is a password manager service that allows you to keep all your passwords safe and organized in one place. It’s free of charge, but it’s not free of privacy concerns.
Trying to remember all your passwords is extremely difficult and almost impossible. You can write them down on a sheet of paper, but what if you lose them? What if someone finds it? You can store them in a secure file on your computer or phone, but what if they get stolen or hacked? Storing passwords in your head is also difficult because you can easily forget them. Passwarden is here to solve these problems for you! It will remember all your passwords for you and even sync them across all your devices (phones and computers). Even better, it will encrypt all the data using state-of-the-art encryption techniques so that nobody, not even us, has access to it.
Passwarden server infrastructure uses the best hardware available combined with our proprietary algorithms so that it can store as many passwords as possible while minimizing the attack surface. It is the easiest way to generate a random password, store and access your passwords.
3) Use At Least 8 Characters
Most experts say the best passwords have at least eight characters that include a mix of numbers, symbols, and uppercase and lowercase letters. The more characters there are in your password, the harder it will be for someone to guess it. But don’t overdo it. If you have to write down your password on a piece of paper (or worse, store it on your computer in an unencrypted document) so that you can remember it, then you’re better off with a shorter one.
4) Never Make One Password For Different Sites
Nearly half of internet users reuse their passwords for multiple sites, which is a big mistake. If one site is hacked, the hackers might be able to access your email and social media accounts.
I recommend using long passwords made up of words that are unrelated. For example, if you have a favorite book, use each word from the first page as a password. Write them down on a piece of paper in case you forget any of them, and keep them in a safe place. This might sound like overkill, but it will make your online experience much more pleasant.
5) Different Accounts Must Have Different Passwords
If a hacker gets access to one of your passwords, the other accounts will remain safe. Don’t forget any passwords that you use. Write it down or store it somewhere safely (like a password manager).
6) Order Matters
The longer your password is, the more secure it is and the harder it will be for someone to crack. However, that doesn’t mean you should use a string of random characters with no discernible pattern or purpose. Instead, use an easily remembered pattern, such as a sentence with an exclamation point at the end, or even a memorable quote (with spaces removed). Then put in a random number or special character every few characters after that. You’ll have a long password that’s easy to remember and type in.
7) Use Difficult Passwords
Using easy passwords makes it easier for hackers to guess and break into your accounts. Use upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and symbols such as! @ $ % ^ & ). The more random the combination, the better!
8) Use Letters, Numbers And (Occasionally) Symbols
Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols in your passwords — “12345” isn’t secure because it’s easy to guess, whereas “24Ef*$” is much stronger because it’s difficult to crack even with a computer program.
9) Change Your Passwords Regularly!
To make it simpler, you could use this trick: change your password once every few months on a day that has some significance to you—your birthday or wedding anniversary perhaps?